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Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)

Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA), is an award-winning nonprofit organization that engages older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through frequent, professionally led, and participatory programs in all manner of the arts. A faculty of artists is trained in AFTA's nationally recognized best practices and supported for their expertise. They lead workshops in painting, drawing, dance, music, storytelling, poetry, intergenerational programs, and more. AFTA focuses its mission on frail and vulnerable seniors who attend underserved and not-for-profit senior care centers throughout the Greater Washington D.C. area, and where AFTA services are provided primarily free of charge.  AFTA was founded in 1988 by renowned artist, scientist, and philanthropist Lili-Charlotte (Lolo) Sarnoff when she was age 72, after reports during an NIH study of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease showed less agitation and aggressive behavior after arts participation.  Now practitioners nationwide are part of a growing field called creative aging and AFTA is its front-runner as a trailblazer and best practice.

 

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